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You're reading: Poroshenko pledges to step up anti-terrorism operation, bring success within ‘hours,’ not months

The billionaire oligarch who has taken all political sides since Ukraine’s independence outlined two priorities: restoring peace after months of Kremlin-backed war and restoring economic growth after months of recession.

Despite expressing a willingness to talk with Russian President Vladimir Putin and seek a peaceful resolution to the Kremlin-instigated war, Poroshenko vowed to more aggressively pursue the nation’s anti-terrorist operation to root out terrorists in the Donbas eastern oblasts of Donetsk and Luhansk.

“I am not going to hold any dialogues with the criminals. You don’t talk to terrorists,” he said. “The anti-terrorist operation will not and cannot last for months, it will last just for hours.”

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